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He cared about you. He gave of himself. He did what too many coaches can't do he always made you better, faster, smarter, stronger.
Charlie Francis didn't need his last name. Around the world, around his world, everyone knew him simply by his first name. The coach unlike any before him or since: Maybe the most successful, certainly the most villified, probably the most controversial, definitely Nmd Human Race Sizing the brightest coach in the history of Canadian amateur sport. As his brother, Barry, pointed out in the first of three eulogies Monday, Charlie would have appreciated the sellout crowd at his funeral.
All of them there to say goodbye to Charlie. Their Charlie.
Athletes say bye to Charlie
Charlie didn't care if he was training Mike Cammalleri or Tie Domi or a world champion sprinter, or the 15 year old who wanted to get faster. He took the same approach. The human approach. Adidas High Tops Size 6
"These were his favourite drugs," said Coon, the former track star. As always with Charlie Francis, some laughed, some cried.
is apparent, was apparent, was Charlie didn't die from heart failure. His heart was too large, too giving. Cancer took him at age 61. But ask anyone about him Monday, and they will tell stories of how much he gave, even when he didn't have enough for himself.
he never stopped coaching. It was who he was and what he did. He was so much more than the Charlie The Chemist nickname he was pegged with. And as the Rev. Eleanor Clitheroe said he lived a life of significance, defined not by his own success, but by what he has given to others. What Adidas Energy Boost 2 Esm Road-running Shoes
At the funeral at Rosedale Presbytarian Church, there was no mention of performance enhancing drugs, only about how strong Charlie was in rebuilding his life after the scandal. But before Charlie's wife, Angie Coon, began her eulogy Monday she placed a can of Diet Coke and a bag of Starbucks coffee on the casket of her husband.
One by one, the legends of a Canadian sporting era gone by made their way into the church on Mount Pleasant: Ben Johnson and Angella Issajenko; Milt Ottey and Mark McKoy; Desai Williams and France Gareau.
He would have appreciated who was there and who wanted to be there. The church was full of athletes, current and former. Many of them sharing stories, smiles and tears.
Charlie Francis lived a complicated life in a complicated time. There are those who can and will link him only to the steroid scandal of 1988, the Canadian sporting moment of that century. And that is unfortunate. Some will point to the Paul Henderson goal as the great Canadian moment, but for drama, intrigue, emotion, and national celebration turning to angst and anger, those few days from Seoul in 1988 will never be duplicated: Ben Johnson wins and Ben Johnson loses and after that you couldn't mention Charlie's name without some kind of reaction. Only Adidas Duramo 5 Leather Mens Running Shoes Review
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